With dad recovering, Abhishek resumes shooting...

By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service

imageMumbai, (IANS) The three-week ordeal at the Bachchans' finally seems to be coming to an end.

On Monday morning Amitabh Bachchan was strolling in the lawns of his house 'Prateeksha' and waving to the swelling crowds outside. He has started to eat, sleep and talk normally. He meets visitors and spends a reasonable amount of time talking with them.

Though Amitabh would take a while to get back into the studios, it's time for the devoted son to do so.

Abhishek has reluctantly resumed shooting. Though he'd have liked to be with his father for a bit longer, he left Monday afternoon for Jaipur to join the waiting unit of director J.P. Dutta's lavish costume drama "Umrao Jaan", which has Aishwarya Rai in the title role.

Though the cast and crew initially tried to make do with the leading man's absence, Abhishek's unavailability had begun to become a growing worry for the project.

Throughout the ordeal Dutta remained completely at one with Abhishek's anxiety.

"It couldn't be helped. Being by his ailing dad's side was something any son would want to do. Now that he's joining us we'll try our best to make up for lost time," said Dutta.

"I'm at JP saab's disposal now. He's welcome to use my services as he likes," said Abhishek before leaving Mumbai. He's expected to be with the unit for at least the next fortnight.